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Annual Report 2013 - 2014

ST. NORBERT’S CONVENT, JABALPUR

Right from the beginning the members of the Society of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary at Jabalpur have been working very hard with zeal and dedication to achieve the aim of their Society in the field of education and development of the marginalised. While some members aim at the development of the young girls directly through education, other members reach out to the needy by visiting families in the neighbourhood. A few retired and old members who reside at St. Norbert’s Convent, Jabalpur are also very conscious about their commitment and that they meet, listen and give guidance to the parents and others who come into the campus.

This year the society has 8 trainees in the campus undergoing 2 years initial training programme along with their studies in the higher secondary level. They are given an all-round formation for growth in spiritual, moral, emotional and intellectual spheres.

ST. NORBERT’S GIRLS’ HIGHER SECONDARY HINDI & ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL

For years St. Norbert’s was one of the outstanding Hindi Medium School for Girls in Jabalpur and the surrounding villages.

In November 1934, the Primary School was recognised. In January 1940 the Middle School got its recognition and in 1945 the High School was recognised. Higher Secondary Plus Two Hindi Medium began in 1986.

As per the demands of the society English Medium was started under the same umbrella of St. Norbert’s Girls’ Hindi Higher Secondary School in 2005. The English Medium has reached up to Std. XII since 2012.

The school which began with six pupils today imparts education to 1901 students together both in Hindi and English Mediums.

The new Academic year for 2012-2013 began on April 5th 2013 with enthusiastic and hopeful note through a prayer and an opening ceremony where the Staff welcomed the students to their new classes with flowers and chandan tilak. Fr. Simon, Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church invoked God blessings on both staff and students for this new academic year.

Some important events in the school in the year 2013-2014.

A farewell programme was arranged on 9th April 2013 for Sr. Anna Maria Godinho, the outgoing Superior of St. Norbert’s Convent who is also the Manager of St. Norbert’s School. Along with Sr. Anna Maria, the farewell was also given to Sr. Celestina Sequeiro, the Superior of Shradhalaya situated at St. Norbert’s Convent campus

The school family appreciated and thanked Sister Anna Maria, the outgoing manager for her valuable contribution to the progress of the school for the last three years.

Heartfelt thanks were expressed to Sr. Celestina Sequeira for all her support, concern and timely medical assistance (her being an experienced nurse) to the students in any emergency situations.

They both were also greeted for the 50 years of religious life completed in the service of the humanity through the Society of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. They were wished all the best for the future as they will be moving from Jabalpur to other places. Sr. Assunta Fernando will be taking charge in the month of May 2015 as the new Manager and Superior of St. Norbert’s Convent (as Shradhalaya community will be merged into St. Norbert’s community)

Farewell to Srs. Mili Kindo and Scholastica Toppo was given on 12th April 2013 by the staff and management. A short programme was presented by the teachers to bid farewell to honorable sisters.

After the summer vacation a one day orientation seminar for the staff was conducted on 17th June 2013 by Sr. Asunta Fernando, the new Manager of St. Norbert’s School and Superior of St. Norbert’s Community. She dealt on the topic “The Art of Blessing” through the power point presentation. She inspired and motivated the staff to launch into their routine programme but with new vision and outlook, making everyday a new day for them and others, particularly for each student through practicing the art of blessing.

The Investiture Ceremony of the School Leaders of St. Norbert’s English and Hindi Medium School was organised on July 11th 2013 to initiate the office bearers of the Students Organisation at the school level to their responsibilities of their respective Houses, thus preparing them for greater responsibilities of life

The school band and the school guide were in full attention near the main entrance of the school. At the arrival of the chief guest Mrs. Sunanda Panchbhai, Additional Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation the band marched forward and the guide followed the chief guest and the others to the portico of the school building.

It began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Mrs. Sunanda Panchbhai, our Chief Guest, Sr. Asunta Fernando, Superior/Manager, Sr. Josephine Melkias, Principal and Fr. Simon, the Parish Priest of the Holy Trinity Church, Napier Town. Readings from different Holy Scriptures and a short cultural programme followed. The office bearers took the oath and promised to fulfill their responsibility whole heartedly. The leaders swore that they would perform their duties faithfully, diligently with humility and sincerity for the glory of God and honour of St. Norbert’s

Mrs. Sunanda Panchbhai, Additional Commissioner of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation is the ex-student of our school. In her speech she hailed her alma mater and motivated the students citing her life as a model for them to aim for the higher ideals in life. She thanked the school management for inviting her as the chief guest, because that gives her a great joy and excitement to come back to her school.

Parents of the Captains and Vice Captains were invitied and honoured. Our school Captains are Kum. Asreen Lareb, Hindi Medium and Kum. Shivangi Shukhla, English Medium. To promote a healthy competition among the students they have been divided into four houses.

Plantation Day was celebrated on 12th July 2013 in the school. Mrs. Sadhna Upadhyay and Mrs. Mohini Thakur visited the school. They distributed seeds to students from classes VI to XI. The students were to plant and care for these seeds and submit the plants to ‘Kadam’ in the month of April 2014. Saplings were planted by Sr. Asunta Fernando, Manager, Sr. Josephine, Principal, Mrs. Sadhna Upadhyay, Mrs. Mohini Thakur, staff and student representatives.

Patriotic song competition was held on 13th August 2013. Students from classes I to XII took active part in depicting their talents. Sr. Hansa Paul, the ex Principal of the school and the vice principal of the college was the chief guest. Sisters, the members of the Society were the special invitees. The whole atmosphere was filled with melodious songs which evoked a spirit of Nationalism. Sr. Hansa motivated the students through her interesting speech that the students should always live up to good values in order to achieve the goal of service to the humanity.

Independence Day was celebrated in the campus for both college and school with a variety of cultural activities which reminded us of the importance and necessity of this day.

The programme began with a special prayer for the Nation followed by the unfurling of the National Flag by Dr. Sr. Teresa Ittiyavira, Retired Principal of St. Norbert’s College. In her speech, she encouraged the students to contribute to the progress of the country by fulfilling their duties as the students. National songs, dances and speeches in English and Hindi were presented by the students. Distribution of sweets to the students concluded the day. After the programme in the school, the students with staff went to the Stadium to participate in the public function of the city.

Every year September 5th, is celebrated as Teachers’ Day to commemorate the birthday of our ex-President Dr. S. Radha Krishnan. The programme began with a meaningful prayer service where God’s special blessings were invoked upon all the teachers.

It followed by a grand welcome of the teachers by the students, lighting of the traditional lamp and various colourful items which included dances, drama, songs and speeches were presented by the students to express their immense gratitude and respect for their teachers.

During the programme to our big surprise our D.E.O. (District Education Officer) Mr. S.S. Thakur visited the school to see the arrangements in the school for displaying the interaction of the Prime Minister with the students in the Door Dharshan channel that evening. The D.E.O. was brought to the stage and welcomed by the school head girl. He congratulated our school teachers.

The students were so excited and thrilled seeing their teachers on the stage dancing at the end to show their gratitude to the children. The Teachers’ Day is a day different from any other day. The students had also organised a lunch for their teachers and presented each teacher with a gift.

After the programme the school hall and the first floor corridor was packed to watch the programme by the Prime Minister interacting with the students through T.V. channel. An elaborate arrangement was done to set big screens with projectors and speakers.

On the occasion of the celebration of the Girl Child Day, 8th September 2013, our students did a skit based on the importance of saving and educating the Girl Child. It also highlighted the crimes committed against the Girl Child by the many abortions taking place in our country. These messages were given in the form of dance, drama and song, drawing attention to the evils of dowry, exploitation, eve teasing etc.

Sports Competition was held from 24th to 27th September 2013 house wise under the guidance of P.T.I. Mrs. P. Paul, Mr. Sanjay Pal and Mr. Yusuf. Students participated actively and with full enthusiasm.

After the Terminal Examination a Parent Teacher Meeting was held on the 28th Sept. 2013 to apprise the parents of their children’s academic performance and all round development.

Children’s Day was celebrated on 14th November 2013 with great pomp and show in the school. The teachers displayed a beautiful programme honouring Chacha Nehru with a series of colourful dances full of vigour, energy, and rhythm. There was a skit bringing out the theme of Children’s Day. The students were also given sweets which is an age old tradition of our school in order to foster a feeling of sharing, happiness, joy and cheer making this day more memorable and wonderful.

School Annual Day was celebrated on 16th November 2013. Shri Vishwanath Dubey, the ex Mayor of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation was the chief guest of the function. Rt. Rev. Gerard Almeida, the Bishop of Jabalpur was the Guest of Honour. The programme started with the welcoming of the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour by Sr. Josephine, Principal and Sr. Asunta Fernando, Manager of St. Norbert’s School. There was a colourful inaugural dance presented by Ms. Priyanka, the dance teacher which depicted the creation of the universe and was appreciated by all. Students from Classes Nursery to XII took part wholeheartedly in the programme with a spirit of zeal and zest.

The theme “Water Conservation” touched in all the items like a dance drama, western dance, peacock dance, kajri dance, UV form, thousand hands dance, etc. which took away the hearts of the crowd of parents. Based on the Bible a skit was presented depicting the need for a strong faith in God. School Annual Report for 2012-13 was presented by Sr. Josephine, Principal that deals with the progress of the school.

After the prize distribution the chief guest Mr. Vishwanath addressed the gathering. Articulating his thrill and happiness to see the high standard performance of the students, he congratulated the students and staff for the hard work, commitment and creativity. Pointing out to the vast campus with tall well maintained buildings, he expressed that that the quality education imparted here has brought a name to St. Norbert’s which stands as one of the few praiseworthy educational institutions for the girls in Jabalpur city.

At the end vote of thanks were proposed to chief guest, all the others guests, parents and others who rendered their assistance for the success of the programme.

The Science and Craft Exhibition was held on 22nd November 2013. All the classes participated in different competitions like science models, Salad making, Rangoli, Flower decoration, hand work, etc. Parents and other visitors were welcomed by the children. Teams of judges were appointed to give marks for the items. Class wise prizes and individual prizes were also given for the best model in each group and category.

Our annual Christmas programme was organized with great joy on 21st December 2013 by the teachers. The students presented a short tableau on the Birth of the Child Jesus, a number of colourful dances and skit which followed by carol singing by the staff

Fr. Simon, Our Parish Priest who was the Chief Guest gave a touching Christmas message to the students and teachers. Santa Claus made his appearance and distributed sweets to the staff and students while singing Jingle Bells and other Carols. The management presented a gift to each of the teaching and non-teaching staff and this was followed by a sumptuous lunch for all the staff.

Session on Traffic Rules with demonstrations was given to the students by the Traffic Police of Jabalpur on 8th January 2014. Questions were asked by the police after the demonstration. Those who gave the correct answers were awarded with prizes.

At the end the students came forward and depicted the road signs that they learnt during this demonstration. The traffic police, the students and the staff were all happy about the practical and interesting session.

Visit to the Central Jail was organized on 11th January 2014 on the occasion of Christmas festival. A group of students, teachers and the Principal represented the school. They interacted with the inmates - women and children, presented a short programme and spread the news of Love, Peace and Joy. At the end sweets were distributed to the inmates

Annual Fancy Fete was organized at our campus on 16th January 2014. There were various games and food stalls. The teachers worked very hard and made their respective stalls lively and fascinating. The entire atmosphere was bubbling with fun and excitement. The most thrilling item was the dance by almost all the students to the jazz of D.J. music. In the entire event was very successful.

Rhymes Presentation to the Parents by English Medium Primary Section was held on 25 January 2014. Mrs. Deepti Sharma, the senior most teacher of St. Norbert’s Higher Secondary School was the chief guest. All the children from Nursery to Class V decked themselves colourfully and displayed their talents of singing and dancing together with their sharp memory for remembering the rhymes by heart.

Rhymes Presentation to the Parents by English Medium Primary Section was held on 25 January 2014. Mrs. Deepti Sharma, the senior most teacher of St. Norbert’s Higher Secondary School was the chief guest. All the children from Nursery to Class V decked themselves colourfully and displayed their talents of singing and dancing together with their sharp memory for remembering the rhymes by heart.

The Republic Day was celebrated at our campus with the unfurling of the tricolour by the chief guest Mrs. P. Paul, the P.T.I. and the senior most teacher of St. Norbert’s Higher Secondary School. There was march past participated by the students of class XII of both Hindi & English Mediums. There was a short cultural programme by the students. The chief guest delivered an inspiring address to the students motivating them to be true to the country and to be responsible citizens. Later some students attended the main City function at the Stadium at Wright Town.

A Special Prayer Service was organized for the X & XII Board classes on 13 February 2014. It started with lighting the tradition Indian Lamp. Passages from the Holy Books of all religions were read by the students. A short skit was presented depicting the importance of hard work and trust in God Almighty that alone will lead one to success. Fr. Simon, the Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church, blessed the students and gave them a word of guidance. Sr. Josephine, the principal encouraged the students and wished them success in their exams.

Farewell to the students of Class XII was organized on 15th February 2014 by the students of Class XI under the guidance of teachers. A colourful programme was presented. Extending best wishes and as a token of love, a small gift was presented to each student of Class XII. Amreen, the Head Girl of Hindi Medium and Shivangi Shukla, the Head Girl of English Medium handed over the school lamp to Vice Head Girl of Hindi Medium. Sr. Josephine, the Principal through her inspiring words encouraged and conveyed the students her best wishes for their bright future. At the end refreshments were served to the outgoing students

School Results for the Academic year 2013-2014

Leaving the board class students, the results of the students from Std.I was declared on 29th March 2014. Announcing the names of the students who came first and second, their results were distributed in the Assembly by Sr. Josephine, the Principal and Sr. Asunta Fernando, the Manager. Sisters congratulated all the students, extended their best wishes, invoked God’s Blessings upon them and inspired them to work hard and to move forward on the path of success through the values of Truth and Honesty.

Our students performed well and kept a high profile in the academic field and in co-curricular activities as well as the Higher Sec. Board Examinations.

Hindi Medium X Board Exam - 97% XII Board Exam - 91%

English Medium X Board Exam - 96% XII Board Exam - 100%

18 meritorious students from the XII Board who secured 85% and above were awarded with Rs.25,000/- and a certificate by the Chief Minister at the function organized at Bhopal. The above 18 students as well 23 students from X Board who secured 85% and above were awarded with Rs.5,000/- by Hamara Jabalpur. They all were well applauded by the school.

During this academic year we were able to give free education to 60 poor students in the school both Hindi and English medium.

ST. NORBERT’S COLLEGE FOR WOMEN 2013-2014

The academic year 2013-2014 had been a year of abundant blessings for St. Norbert’s College which is still in its infancy.

Admission to the new session proved to be the Lord’s hand working with us, thus making our strength for the academic year 2013-2014 as 106: 7 Third Year students and 27 Second Year students and 72 First Year Students.

Freshers’ party was hosted by senior students welcoming all the new comers by 31st July 2013.

Mehandi and Rangoli competitions were conducted in August 2013 and students participated with enthusiasm.

Teachers’ Day came in as a colourful day as students celebrated it with much gaiety and enthusiasm. The students of each batch performed colourful dances. Each teacher was greeted and given a gift as a token of love, appreciation and gratitude. At the end a high tea party was arranged for the teachers and the other guests.

The Governing Body of the college was formed and had its first meeting 25th September 2013.

St. Norbert’s College obtained the Minority Certificate from Delhi on 21st December 2013 which was a joyful event.

College applied for scholarship for SC, ST, OBC students and the scholarship amount has already started to coming in. Inspection of the college for the affiliation and selection of staff under college code 28 had taken its course during the academic year.

As usual the examinations for the respective semesters were held and the results are still pending.

College applied for new courses such as BBA and BA Computer Application for the forthcoming academic session.

Having completed 3 years, the first group of 7 students could successfully pass out the threshold of the Institution. Farewell Programme would be organized for the 7 final year students in April 2014.

DEEN BHANDU DHAM, GHUTTAS

Our service in Ghuttas is mainly one of out-reach. We have a health care center and annually treat about 9,000 patients. Ours is a Preventive, Premotive, Curative and Referral Center. The patients are often the poor from interior villages. We cover about 30 villages at a distance of 10 to 20 kms.

The majority of people are poor; importance is given especially to women and children. The diseases treated are mainly fever, diarrhea, malaria, scabies, piles, cuts, wounds etc. We use a lot of herbal and ayurvedic medicines. We refer cases to hospitals like Snehalaya in Bichhiya, Katra Hospital in Mandla and Government Hospital.

Groups come together regularly for action oriented programmes like health education, hygiene, cleanliness, safe drinking water. Care, protection, promotion of the environment and creating an eco-friendly atmosphere are some other topics they learn. Kitchen gardens are encouraged; seedlings are distributed to the people for their own fields.

Through seminars we train and encourage women leaders. We reach out to many people through family visits, supporting and helping them to cope with their daily problems and to arrive at a better quality of life.

Poorer children are helped with school supplies like books, uniforms etc. They are also given boarding and lodging in our hostel. We help some poor families buy grain etc. for their day to day living. We help our workers with some materials for building their houses. On the whole we help a certain extent the people who approach us in their need.

One of our sisters works in the parish school and another works in the parish boarding. Both of them show great love and concern to all the students, particularly the students who are weak in their studies. The sisters encourage the children to take care of themselves and be hygienic and also care for the surroundings.

CONCLUSION

The Members of the Society of Franciscan Sisters of Mary leave no stone unturned to make sincere and creative contribution in every sphere we are engaged in and thus we are able to bring out excellent achievement particularly in the domain of education to young girls and women.

Confident that God continues to lead and sustain all our efforts the Society moves ahead and focuses on developing the quality of education through construction of 3 science labs, purchase of furniture for the school and purchase of additional computers and a photocopier for the college.

Renovation to the existing floors and construction of 2 additional floors at St. Norbert’s Convent building is underway during this year for providing proper accommodation to the sisters, the members of the society.

We conclude this report with thankfulness in our hearts to Almighty God for His constant care and blessings all through the year 2013-2014. We are grateful to all those who were the instruments for accomplishing our tasks through their support, guidance and assistance in different forms.

Society of Franciscan Sisters of Mary